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How does the human mind work? How do we understand our own behavior? What makes us who we are? Why are we different? How do we perceive the society we all make up? These are among the fundamental questions of psychology.

Yale Professor Paul Bloom and Yale-NUS Professor Paul O'Keefe, two psychologists who contribute frequently in popular media, will offer a 7-week, 14-session (via Zoom) introduction to the field of psychology, which touches on a most important topic: ourselves. Exploring what makes a person unique and how individuals perceive and function within society, this program, which consists of live online lectures and interactive discussions, will provide a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior, covering topics such as love, lust, hunger, beauty, dreams, perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, and persuasion. At the root of all these different ideas? The human mind.


  • Paul Bloom (Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science at Yale University)

    Paul Bloom

    Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science at Yale University

    Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science at Yale University. He is an internationally recognized expert on psychology, one of Science Magazine’s top 50 science stars on Twitter, the instructor for the widely viewed Open Yale Course Introduction to Psychology, and has given a number of TED talks that have garnered more than 2.8 million views. Born in Montreal, Canada, he was an undergraduate at McGill University and did his doctoral work at MIT.

    He has published in scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and in popular outlets such as The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the author of many books, including Language Acquisition (1994), How Children Learn the Meanings of Words (2000), Descartes’ Baby (2004), How Pleasure Works (2010), Just Babies (2013), and Against Empathy (2016). His research explores children’s understanding of art, religion, and morality. He once said: "A growing body of evidence suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life."

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  • Paul A. O’Keefe (Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale-NUS College)

    Paul A. O’Keefe

    Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale-NUS College

    Paul A. O’Keefe, Ph.D. is a social psychologist, assistant professor at Yale-NUS College, and Director of the Mindsets & Motivation Lab. His research focuses on goal pursuit with attention to motivational factors, such as implicit self-theories, interest, and self-regulation.

    His research has been published in leading scientific journals and featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Forbes. He has also contributed articles to such outlets as The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. He co-edited the book The Science of Interest, and his research has been supported by various funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the Ministry of Education (Singapore).

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